Only a withdrawal of 15% VAT directive can stop us from demonstrating – CLOGSAG Executive Secretary

The Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), Isaac Bampoe-Addo, has asserted that the planned nationwide demonstration by Organised Labour is inevitable unless the government takes prompt action to withdraw a directive.

Speaking on JoyNews’ The Probe Mr Bampoe-Addo said no institution particularly, the Ghana Police Service can prevent them from hitting the street on the scheduled date, February 13.

“I can assure you that the only thing that can stop us is the withdrawal of this letter. The law is saying we should just notify the police; the police cannot tell us not to go on our demonstration, so we are just notifying them.

“At this moment, the only thing that can stop this demonstration from happening is when the government, through the Finance Ministry, withdraws this letter directing ECG and NEDCO to implement 15% VAT on electricity,” he said on Sunday.

Mr Bampoe-Addo noted that the his association together with the 35 other organised labour unions will embark on a mammoth demonstration should the government refuse to withdraw the directive.

His statement comes in the wake of the determined stance of organised labour unions to oppose the implementation of the 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) on residential electricity consumption, as directed by the Finance Ministry to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO).

On the same show, the President of UTAG, Prof Mamudu Akudugu dismissed the assertion that workers are being unfair to government.

In his view, it is the other way round since the populace are being “suffocated” by taxes.


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